Review ‘A Taste of Hunger’: A Relay Relayment of Perfection

In the Danish TV series A Taste of Hunger, infidelity and unyielding ambition threaten the relationship between a married restaurant owner couple.

The kitchen at the heart of the Danish TV series “A Taste of Hunger” isn’t as cozy as home cooking or fun dinner parties. Cold blue lights shone down on the restaurant staff as they tended to dress for the fermented oysters and lemons. The restaurant, called Malus, in reference to the apple, the original forbidden fruit, seems designed in a minimalist style bordered on brutality.

Malus belongs to Carsten (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Maggie (Katrine Greis-Rosenthal), a couple whose dream is to win a Michelin star. The film follows their romance in flashbacks, showing that initial sweetness prevails before ambition sows bitterness in their relationship.

In today’s context, the couple face a crisis after a man they believe to be a Michelin reviewer was served a spoiled ingredient at their restaurant. Carsten is the chef at Malus, while Maggie takes on the roles of support, parenting, and business management. And it’s Maggie who makes it her goal to track down the disappointed diner, determined to win a second shot in a star-studded review. But Maggie’s mission is complicated by the arrival of Frederik (Charlie Gustafsson), a man with whom she had an affair. Sensing the couple’s fragility, Frederik is determined to turn their crisis around to his advantage.

Director Christoffer Boe works to balance the over-dramatic story of the story with images that remain cool even in the heat of the moment. He shows off the leisurely architecture of Copenhagen and the restaurant’s almost medical sterility, emphasizing the geometrical order of the world that Carsten and Maggie have ravaged. The effect is a movie with nothing like the heart of Malus’ menu – a hot dog made with premium ingredients.

A Taste of Hunger
Not rated. In Danish, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. In cinemas and available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/movies/a-taste-of-hunger-review.html Review ‘A Taste of Hunger’: A Relay Relayment of Perfection

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